LUCCA, Italy Jan 31 (Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday condemned the former CEO of Italy’s state railways company Mauro Moretti to 7 years in prison for his role in one of the country’s worst rail tragedies.
Prosecutors in September had asked for a 16-year prison sentence for Moretti, who is currently CEO of state-run defence group Leonardo.
In June 2009 a freight train hauling liquefied gas derailed, partly overturned and exploded in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio. The subsequent fire and collapse of a building killed 32 people.
Leonardo was not immediately available for a comment.
Shares in Leonardo were down more than 3 percent at 1421 GMT, their lowest in more than two months.
Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, writing by Stephen Jewkes